IMSA: Action Express leads winners with dramatic finish at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Action Express Racing scored its first 1-2 finish of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season in Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, with Dane Cameron and Eric Curran scoring their second win of 2015 in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering-backed Corvette DP.

The team’s second car, the defending class champion pairing of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Corvette DP, finished just behind in second.

The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford completed the overall podium, just ahead of the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, which rebounded from a pre-race fuel leak and had the fuel cell need to get patched. Unfortunately an off for Ozz Negri in the carousel in the final 20 minutes cost the LMP2-specification car a podium finish.

Drama occurred elsewhere in both the Prototype Challenge and GT Le Mans classes on the final lap.

In PC, Conor Daly appeared poised for a perfect rebound from a devastating accident at Lime Rock Park, but spun under pressure from class and sports car veteran Bruno Junqueira at Turn 5.

It promoted Junqueira and Chris Cumming to their second win of the season in the No. 11 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09, with Daly and local driver James French of Sheboygan – who led overall and scored the class pole – a hard luck second in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry.

GTLM also saw final lap fireworks with contact between Pierre Kaffer and Joerg Bergmeister battling for second. Kaffer, in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia, ran wide and off course and fell to third behind Bergmeister, who co-drove the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

Those two finished behind the otherwise dominant other Porsche, the No. 911 car driven by Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet, who scored their second straight class victory.

In GT Daytona, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating parlayed their best weekend of the year into their overdue first win in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R.

With second place, Christina Nielsen moves into the class points lead. She shared the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with Kuno Wittmer.

The GT classes run solo at Virginia International Raceway in two weeks.